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EIGHT COLLECTIONS OF THE 
LINCOLN MUSEUM 



LINCOLN HISTORICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION 



DR. LOUIS A. WARREN, DIRECTOR 

MURRAY E. SCHLINTZ. LIBRARIAN 

ETHEL V. HENNEFORD, ASSOCIATE EDITOR 

'•LINCOLN LORE" 



Executive 's Col lectio// 

For many years officials of the Lincoln 
National Life Insurance Company have 
been gathering items associated with and 
referring to Abraham Lincoln. The 
famous Brady photograph of the presi- 
dent, which was presented to Mr. Arthur 
F. Hall at the time he organized the 
company twenty-five years ago, formed 
the nucleus of the collection. Such items 
as the original Pickett bronze, a replica 
of the Lincoln bust by Yolk, also many 
portraits and curios have been gathered 
during the life of the organization. The 



presence of these rare and valuable items 
encouraged the establishment of the 
present museum. 

Foundation Collection 

Eecently a systematic and a concerted 
effort has been made to build up an 
outstanding collection of Lincolniana. 
Many valuable items, such as Lincoln 
letters, rare broadsides, medals and much 
current literature, have been secured, 
augmenting greatly the memorials gath- 
ered in years. Representatives of the 
company out in the field have supple- 
mented the contributions made by the 
home office force. 



Daniel Fish Collection 

This collection of Lincoln literature 
gathered over a period of a great many 
years by Judge Fish and undisturbed 
since his death in 1924 need not be 
described to Lincoln admirers. Fish was 
one of the original ' ' Big Five ' ' Lincoln 
collectors and the first bibliographer to 
publish an exhaustive list of Lincoln 
publications. It is needless to say that 
his collection up to the time of the 
publication of his work in 1906 was as 
complete as he could make it. 



Albert H . Griffith Collection 

Another library, not so well known, 
but in some respects a more remarkable 
collection that the one gathered by Daniel 
Fish, was purchased from Albert H. 
Griffith, of Fisk, Wisconsin. 

One of the features of the Griffith 
collection is the enormous amount of 
periodicals it includes. The newspapers 
and magazines containing Lincoln discus- 
sions literally run into tons. Hundreds 
of programs, catalogs, broadsides ; in 
fact, everything that in any way related 
to Lincoln was eagerly sought by Mr. 
Griffith. 

Thompson Collection 

In the spring of 1928 the foundation 
purchased the Richard Thompson col- 
lection of manuscripts consisting of some 
Lincoln letters and valuable correspond- 
ence contemporaneous with Lincoln 's term 
in Congress and his years as president. 
There are more than 2,000 manuscripts 
in this collection. 

Hitchcock Collection 

The Hanks papers, including 1,200 
genealogical lists of Hanks families and 
hundreds of letters and records of the 



family were brought together thirty years 
ago by Mrs. Caroline Hanks Hitchcock. 
This is by far the largest collection of 
Hanks papers and pictures extant. 

Helm- Hay era ft Collection 

The early Kentucky manuscripts in the 
Helm-Haycraft collection, about 2,000 in 
number, were gathered over 100 years 
ago by John Helm, the surveyor, and 
8amuel Haycraft, the historian, in the 
communities where Lincoln 's - parents 
lived. 

These old records provide a document- 
ary background for the activities of 
Thomas Lincoln and his neighbors. 

Warren Collection 

The Warren collection of Lincoln 
source material represents the personal 
efforts put forth, over a period of ten 
years, by the director of the foundation, 
in the county court houses of Virginia, 
Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, where 
thousands of records bearing on the 
Lincoln and cognate families were copied. 

ENDOWED BY 

THE LINCOLN 
NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY 

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